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Direct quotes from Sir John A. These speak for themselves.

These quotes from Sir John A. speak for themselves.

“I have reason to believe that the agents as a whole … are doing all they can, by refusing food until the Indians are on the verge of starvation, to reduce the expense." - Sir John A. MacDonald

“When the school is on the reserve, the child lives with his parents who are savages; he is surrounded by savages… He is simply a savage who can read and write." - Sir John A. MacDonald

“The third clause provides that celebrating the “Potlatch” is a misdemeanour. This Indian festival is debauchery of the worst kind, and the departmental officers and all clergymen unite in affirming that it is absolutely necessary to put this practice down.” - Sir John A. MacDonald

“…..we have been pampering and coaxing the Indians; that we must take a new course, we must vindicate the position of the white man, we must teach the Indians what law is; we must not pauperise them, as they say we have been doing.” - Sir John A. MacDonald

"I have not hesitated to tell this House, again and again, that we could not always hope to maintain peace with the Indians; that the savage was still a savage, and that until he ceased to be savage, we were always in danger of a collision, in danger of war, in danger of an outbreak." - Sir John A. MacDonald

“The executions of the Indians ought to convince the Red Man that the White Man governs." - Sir John A. MacDonald


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Kingstonperson over 4 years ago
Sir John A. spoke in the House of Commons about his hope that one day Indians would be MPs. He translated his words into actions and pushed through legislation granting Indians the vote. He was way ahead of his times in trying to involve indigenous people in Canada's political life. He was also a man of his times in the ways he spoke and acted. So what? Are we all perfect--of course not! Especially when judged by the spirit of a later time. So while the above quotes may "speak for themselves", they do not tell us anything we didn't already know--that he was a Victorian in the Victorian age. Interestingly, Laurier's Liberals repealed MacDonald's Indian franchise legislation and they were not granted the franchise again until the time of Diefenbaker's Conservative government. Kingston Person.
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